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Street scene with grain and vegetable sellers, Kathmandu

Street scene with grain and vegetable sellers, Kathmandu

Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: WD3286

Item number: 3286

Length: 39

Width: 32

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a street scene with grain and vegetable sellers in Kathmandu, Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), c. 1850-1863.

At the end of the Anglo-Nepal War (1814-1816), by means of the Treaty of Segauli imposed on the Gurkhas who ruled the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal had to accept its present eastern and western boundaries and admit an official British Resident in Kathmandu. Dr Oldfield was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu during this period and after his death his family published his two volume 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880), which described life at the court of the Maharajah Jung Bahadur and also contained descriptions of religious monuments and architecture with illustrations of the latter from Oldfield's own drawings.

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